The old saying “he who has the most toys wins” could easily be “the superyacht with the most toys wins.” The trouble is, the age-old problem of wanting more than you have space to carry comes into play. Antoine Simon, a sailing instructor and aircraft pilot, has a solution, a foldable sailboat. Reverso sprang from his desire to create a compact, lightweight performer with recyclable materials that simultaneously provides loads of fun.
Just 11 feet (3.4 meters) long, Reverso further folds up to just 11 square feet (1 square meter). Its heaviest section weighs just 37 pounds (16.8 kilograms), too, when you disassemble the boat. From the carbon fiber mast to the black-membrane sail and the hull, Reverso is purposely fully capable of being taken apart. Customers in more than two dozen countries prove the fast stowing and assembling claims. (The company is just now targeting the megayacht market, after promoting the boat as a primary craft.)
Better yet, Reverso goes from stowed to sail-ready in three minutes. At that point, two adults or one adult with up to two kids, can start enjoying the water onboard. The company says an adult can expect to sail Reverso at 7 knots. (Although, on a side note, one particularly adventurous owner in Italy got his boat up to an amazing 16 knots.) Additionally, the company says the boat is simple to use, to the point where a parent or crewmember can teach a child to handle it on his or her own. “The ideal toy for superyachts to practice sailing, Reverso is in line with the current trends and times, bringing a fascinating new experience for those onboard,” Simon notes.
Speaking of current times, it was equally important to Simon to focus on sustainable materials as much as possible. Wood and organic resins therefore are among the construction substances. Furthermore, these materials often appear on offshore racing craft, plus gear for extreme sports and even aeronautics. Since durability was top of mind for Simon as well, these facts lend him confidence.
Reverso handmakes each sailboat and tests it in house in France. The company ships globally, too.